Partnership and cooperation are cornerstones of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and essential for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Goal 17 calls for the revitalization and enhancement of the global partnership for sustainable development in all areas, including migration. The recent report of the United Nations Secretary-General, Making Migration Work for All, states that “Managing migration is one of the most urgent and profound tests of international cooperation in our time.”

The central importance of partnerships on migration at all levels was a key takeaway from the stocktaking meeting, held in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in December 2017 and one of the key messages of the International Dialogue on Migration (IDM) 2017.


The first of two workshops dedicated in 2018 to the topic of inclusive and innovative partnerships for effective global governance of migration, explored existing partnership mechanisms and evaluated both achievements and challenges encountered. It provided representatives of all relevant sectors the opportunity to exchange good practices and experiences on successful and inclusive partnerships at local, national, regional and international levels, and considered avenues for replicating and scaling up such partnerships elsewhere.

Please note that the recording of the sessions held during the two-day event is available on UN Web TV


DAY ONE- 26 March 2018

10:00-10:30 Opening Session

  • William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration  (Opening remarks)
  • Henrietta Holsman Fore, Executive Director, United Nations Children’s Fund (Statement)
  • Guy Ryder, Director General, International Labour Organization (Statement)
  • Julie Bolcer, Deputy Commissioner for Policy and Communications, Mayor’s Office for International Affairs, New York City (Statement)

10:30-12:00 Setting the scene: Partnering to make migration work for all

Moderator: William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration


  • Louise Arbour, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for International Migration (Statement)
  • El Habib Nadir, Co-Chair Global Forum on Migration and Development 2017-2018
  • José Graziano da Silva, Director General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (Video message)
  • Raniero Guerra, Assistant Director General for Special Initiatives, World Health Organization (Presentation)
  • Timothy Martineau, Deputy Executive Director Programme Branch, Director, Fast-Track Implementation, Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS
  • Fatima Kyari Mohammed, Permanent Observer of the African Union to the United Nations, New York (Statement)

12:00-13:00 Session 1: Working together to make data available for migration policymaking

Moderator: John Wilmoth, Director, Population Division, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs


  • Ndioro Ndiaye, Minister Councilor to the President of the Republic of Senegal (Statement)
  • Mark Hereward, Associate Director for Data and Analytics, Division of Data, Research, and Policy, United Nations Children’s Fund (Presentation)
  • Frank Laczko, Director, IOM Global Migration Data Analysis Center (Presentation)
  • Bradley Myles, Chief Executive Officer, Polaris

13:00-15:00 Break

15:00-16:00 Session 2: Joint approaches in migration governance

Moderator: Roula Hamati, Cross-regional Center for Refugees and Migrants, Regional Civil Society Consultation focal point for the MENA on the Global Compact for Migration


  • Maria Manuel Leitão Marques, Minister of the Presidency and Administrative Modernization, Portugal (Remarks) (Presentation)
  • Alejandro Solano Ortiz, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Costa Rica 
  • Daniela Morari, State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, Republic of Moldova
  • Peter Robinson, President and CEO of the United States Council for International Business (Remarks)

16:00-18:00 Session 3: Partnering to achieve the migration-related Sustainable Development Goals

16:00-17:00 Panel 1: SDG’s achievement: national and regional perspectives

Moderator: Marta Foresti, Managing Director, Overseas Development Institute


  • Sabarullah Kahn, Deputy Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations, New York  (Remarks) (Presentation)
  • Luis Miguel Hincapié, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Panama, Chair of the Regional Conference on Migration (Remarks) (Presentation)
  • José Luis Jácome, Vice Minister of Human Mobility, Ecuador
  • Jürgen Schulz, Deputy Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations in New York

17:00-18:00 Panel 2: Eliminating forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking

Moderator: Shawn MacDonald, Chief Executive Officer, Verité


  • Geoffrey Shaw, Ambassador for People Smuggling and Human Trafficking, Australia, Chair, Alliance 8.7 Global Coordinating Group
  • David Schilling, Senior Program Director, Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (Remarks)
  • Didier Bergeret, Director, Social Sustainability and Global Social Compliance Programme, The Consumer Goods Forum (Presentation)

DAY TWO – 27 March 2018

10:00-11:30 Session 4: Joining forces to assist and protect migrants in vulnerable situations

Moderator: Laura Thompson, Deputy Director General, IOM


  • Julián Curi, Deputy Director, National Migration Directorate, Ministry of Interior, Public Works and Housing, Argentina (Presentation)
  • Ely Thélot, President, Committee for the Fight Against Human Trafficking, Haiti (Remarks)
  • Louai Turjiman, Chair, Migration Working Group, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Libya
  • Liz Drew, Acting Senior Director for Development, Policy and External Affairs, Heartland Alliance International (Presentation)
  • Grainne O’Hara, Deputy Director, UNHCR Office, New York

11:30-13:00 Session 5: Cooperation at the local level: Opportunities and challenges

Moderator: Filiep Decorte, Deputy Director, New York Liason Office, UN-Habitat


  • Edward Terry, Mayor of Clarkston, USA (Remarks) (Presentation)
  • Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, Assistant Secretary General and Director of the Buerau for Policy and Programme Support, UNDP (Remarks)
  • Eloísa de Sousa Arruda, Secretary for Human Rights and Citizenship, São Paulo, Brazil (Presentation)
  • Anis Hidayah, Head, Migrant Studies Research Center, Migrant Care Indonesia (Presentation)
  • Osman Toprak, Deputy Mayor of Gaziantep, Turkey (Presentation)

13:00-15:00 Break

15:00-17:00 Session 6: Whole-of-society partnerships for good migration governance

Moderator: Robert Vitillo, Secretary General, International Catholic Migration Commission


  • Alkali Kallay Musa Conteh, Director, Office of Diaspora Affairs, Ministry of Political and Public Affairs, Sierra Leone (Presentation)
  • Ignacio Packer, Executive Director, International Council of Voluntary Agencies (Remarks)
  • Semhar Araia, Founder and Executive Director of the Diaspora African Women’s Network (DAWN)
  • Eve Geddie, Deputy Director, Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM) (Remarks)
  • Takgon Lee, Attorney at Law, Dongcheon Foundation, Committee of Korean Civil Society Organizations in response to the Global Compact for Migration (Presentation)

17:00-17:30 Closing remarks

  • William Lacy Swing, Director General, IOM (Closing remarks)
  • Louise Arbour, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for International Migration (Closing remarks)

End of Workshop

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